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Improved Solution for Lubrication Reliability of Locomotive Bearings

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SKL Maintenance Systems Corporation case study APAC0015 – Chesterton products – Chesterton Industrial Lubricants

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Locomotive machinery is used in many industries, and when utilised on mining sites, can be exposed to extreme levels of heat from varying friction due to heavy loads and bearing failure. Chesterton® 615 High Temperature Grease is the perfect product for such a problem. Not only does it perform well in high temperatures, but it possesses corrosion resistance characteristics to aid in maintenance and keeping the machinery up and running.

Products featured in the case study:

Chesterton 615 High Temperature Grease

Challenge

Frequent maintenance of locomotives were necessary due to poor lubrication brought about by the low resistance to water wash-out of the grease used. The steel wheels of the locomotives were exposed to high temperature caused by varying friction ranges brought about by heavy loads and muddy water which led to bearing failure.

Locomotive under maintenance

Solution

Chesterton® 615 High Temperature Grease was applied on the bearings of locomotive. Its shear and excellent corrosion resistance characteristics make the maintenance easier compared to previous grease usage.

Application of Chesterton 615 HTG

Results

Increased Reliability

Significant improvements were observed with continuous usage of Chesterton 615 High Temperature Grease.

  • Locomotive bearings were usually changed every 2 weeks on average due to wear, but with 615 HTG, bearings exhibit wear only after one and a half months on average of continuous use
  • Bearings lubrication and repacking takes 3 days while repair and replacement takes a week

Bearing ready for use with applied Chesterton 615 HTG

ROI

For every locomotive the High-Temperature Grease was applied on, the client experienced savings of $6,500 AUD per year.

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Chesterton® is a world leader in helping process industry companies and manufacturers improve the reliability and efficiency of their rotating, stationary, and fluid power equipment platforms. We are known across a wide range of industries for our award-winning pump and valve sealing solutions, applications expertise, equipment maintenance and wear-prevention products, and knowledgeable hands-on local service​.

Mentioned in the case study:

SKL Maintenance Systems Corporation
Exclusive Distributor of Chesterton products – Philippines

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Case Number APAC0015 – Issued 09/20

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